By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky lost to five Southeastern Conference teams during the regular season — and all five are on the opposite side of the SEC Tournament bracket from UK.
“You have a lot of teams that are playing well right now, whether they’re on our side or the other side or whatever you want to say. There are a lot of teams that are playing well right now,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said.
UK will face the winner of Thursday’s Mississippi-Alabama game on Friday night in Nashville.
“Mississippi has won five of six or four of five. You’re talking about a South Carolina team that went to Arkansas – no one wins at Arkansas – and went in there and not only won, but won in convincing fashion. You say what you want, ‘Well, you know …’ – they’re playing well. And whatever happened during the season doesn’t matter now,” Calipari said.
“It’s kind of like our game with LSU (on Saturday). What happened earlier in the year had no bearing on that game being played later. I would say that as we go into the tournament, this thing is: Who’s playing well, because obviously there’s not a lot of difference between seven teams.
“I mean, it’s like we’re all looking like we have our chances.”